INTERVIEW: The Carrie Diaries Cast: Austin Butler (Sebastian Kydd), Stefania Owen (Dorrit Bradshaw) and Brendan Dooling (Walt Reynolds)

January 14th, 2013 by


The Carrie Diaries premieres tonight on the CW and I think you should check it out. Drop your preconceptions, forget about where Carrie ends up on Sex and the City (and seriously try and forget the second movie debacle) and tune in. The Carrie Diaries, based on the prequel book by Candace Bushnell, covers Carrie’s life as a high school student. In the pilot, she takes an internship at the city, which propels her into a brand new life. We also meet her friends (before Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte). There’s Mouse: the shy, loyal and super sweet one, Walt, who is going through some sexuality questions and Maggie, who is dating Walt but maybe not just Walt. And then like any good drama, Carrie has her frenemies, mainly Donna LaDonna. There’s also her love interest who happens to be the new guy in school, Sebastian Kydd. We also meet her sister, Dorrit, who is a little rebellious and taking the loss of her mom pretty hard. I recently had the chance to catch up with some of the cast on the red carpet for their big premiere. They had a lot to say about why you should tune into the show, their characters’ journeys and filming in New York City.

Austin Butler (Sebastian Kydd):

On what he loved most about the pilot: I love it because it’s got the humor, it’s got the drama and as far as growing up and being a teenager and going through all of those hard times. It’s got all that. I love it because hopefully people will be able to relate to it in some way.

On why viewers will relate to a show set in the 80’s: I think there’s the issues that have been going on since the beginning of time with love and jealousy and all the things that go along with it. And as you grow up, you have to go through these things and so that’s the relatable quality of it, I think.

Stefania Owen (Dorrit Bradshaw):

On what she loved most about her character, Dorrit: I loved how different she was from the other characters. I think that a lot of people can relate to her because she’s a good person at heart, but she’s struggling, and that’s what a lot of people have been through. And I just love those moments where you see her struggle, and all her innocence. And she’s so fun to play because I’m the opposite of her, I’m a total nerd. So I’m having so much fun on set and everyone’s great.

On the books vs the TV show: Actually Candace [Bushnell] as a present, she gave me The Carrie Diaries and Summer in the City, so I am reading those. I think the books are similar to the TV show but they are also different so the TV show is going to go on its own journey. Dorrit in the books is still rebellious, she has her dyed hair, acting out. So I guess it’s similar in that way, but I think I’m going to take Dorrit in another direction, too.

On Dorrit and losing her mom: Well the thing is, that’s what makes her ache. So a lot of the time when people bring up her mom, she doesn’t want to talk about it. She doesn’t want anyone’s pity. So she’s one of those characters who just forgets about it and wants to move on. That’s how she copes.

On the fashion: I want to steal all my wardrobe and throw out all my stuff. But the outfits that I have on set are just amazing. And what they put together — I’m like how does that work? But it just does. And the 80’s is the best time, so just on set we have that vibe. We have the music going.

On filming in New York City: I love New York so much. The energy, the people, it’s been amazing. We’ve had such a great time.

Brendan Dooling (Walt):

On what he loved most about the pilot script: It really is just like a mini version of Sex and the City. Carrie’s narrating. You get to see all of her friends and how their stories progress. And it’s quirky. And I like quirky. I like working on fun, upbeat projects.

On his character, Walt, and how it is going to be an intense season for him: I think it will be. It’s going to be really interesting. It’s just that coming of age tale. You don’t know what you want and you are feeling a lot of different things, and you don’t really know what to make of it. And so it’s going to take him some time to actually put things together. I think that’s going to be one of the fun plot points of the show — seeing all of the characters grow.

On being transformed into a different decade when filming: It’s the twilight zone. When we first shot the pilot, we were shooting at Poly Prep in Brooklyn. And I come over the hill and it’s just the 80’s. A car, and 80’s bus rolling around, people in letterman jackets.

On New York City being a huge part of the show, like it was on Sex and the City: Most definitely. It’s a big part of the show for Anna Sophia, for Carrie. Her four friends haven’t been introduced to the city yet. It should be really fun once everybody gets to have that New York experience.

On why viewers should tune into the show: There’s a lot of different characters that anybody could relate to. If you’re in high school and you’ve got question marks over your head, then you can definitely relate to somebody. Even the advertisements are just so damn colorful, how could you not be like, Well, I want to just check that out for a second. And then hopefully we’ll be able to wring you in.

Tune in tonight at 8 PM to the CW for the premiere of The Carrie Diaries.

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